“Coaching in organisation and leadership settings is an invaluable tool for developing people across a wide range of needs. The benefits of coaching are many; 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills. 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment on coaching and more.”

(source: ICF 2009).

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Newly broadened executive coaching for experienced principals and executive level leaders including coaches from senior educational and non-educational positions.

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Specialised coaching opportunities delivered by highly experienced specialists in the fields of resilience and well-being, emotional intelligence, women in leadership and human resources.

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Catherine has over 35 years’ experience in education sector, spanning early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education in three states of Australia.  Catherine also has extensive consultancy experience both in Australia and internationally. She has worked in New York City Board of Education schools supporting educational reforms and teacher pedagogical change, as well as with international schools in Asia. 

Catherine has rich professional experience in system leadership roles in Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian schooling systems. In these contexts, she has served as Education Officer, Principal, District Supervisor, System Head of Curriculum and until July 2016, Catherine was Director, School Services with Brisbane Catholic Education. Catherine is active in professional associations and networks throughout Australia and now works as an educational consultant, coach and facilitator. Her passion is developing the next generation of educational leaders with a strong moral purpose and a commitment to students, families and Australian society. Catherine considers it a privilege to contribute to the professional learning and development of school and system leaders, supporting and challenging leaders, teams and organisations to increase their effectiveness, engagement and wellbeing. Particular professional interest areas include women’s leadership, leadership of learning, workplace culture and design, and leaders’ health and wellbeing. Catherine holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, Masters of Education and has undertaken post-graduate study at Boston College, USA. Catherine is also a member of the Australian Institute of Management and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  • Dip T
  • B Ed
  • Grad Dip RE
  • Accredited Genos Facilitator
  • Accredited DISC Practitioner
  • Advanced Practitioner: Team Diagnostic Systems
  • Coaching Certification Beginner and Advanced
  • NZ Coaching Masterclass graduate

Education Experience

Teacher; Principal; Education Advisor; System Leader (Curriculum); Director, School Services; Consultant, NYC Board of Education; Consultant, International Schools Asia; Facilitator, QELi; Independent Consultant/Coach working with school, systems, leaders and leadership teams.


Personal Philosophy

Mark believes coaching is both a personal relationship and a process that aims to improve performance. Mark tailors programs to meet the needs of the individual or the teams that he is working with as their coach. It is Mark’s intent to unlock potential by understanding the context and the situation and equipping individuals and teams with the skills, knowledge and opportunities that will allow them to grow and learn. Mark challenges constructively, focuses on the client, is a good listener and presents different perspectives as he and his clients work through solutions and learnings. Confidentiality, flexibility, research informed, and trust are key elements that underpin Mark’s work.

Mark has coached Senior Public Servants, Senior Principals and Middle Leaders and have supported and coached executive teams. Across the state he has facilitated and coached groups of Principals and Senior Leaders in communities of Practice using effective protocols and questioning techniques and have led the development and embeddedness of coaching programs across the state of QLD.


  • Trained Mediator
  • Formally qualified in Growth Coaching
  • Completed a Harvard University program focusing on how to Make Effective Decisions to Maximise Performance Completed an ANZSOG fellowship which focused on effective, research based change management processes in government agencies.

Educational Experience

Mark’s last three positions in Education was as an Executive Principal of a school of 3000 students, the Assistant Director -General of School Performance and the Regional Director of the Metropolitan Region which encompassed 1/3 of the students in Queensland and covered the geographical areas of Brisbane and Ipswich. As a part of each role Mark had the experience of successfully leading significant cross government projects and state-wide initiatives as well as delivering performance outcomes which were higher than the nation.

In his career he was awarded the AIM Manager of the year, was given life time membership of the Queensland State School’s Principals Association and was also awarded a fellowship at both the state and national level for the Australian Council of Educational Leadership.


Michael Hogan operates an independent advisory service working for public purpose across the government, community, tertiary and corporate sectors. Michael’s focus is on advice and assistance with strategy, leadership and alliances.

Michael brings expertise, skills and networks built over 30 years of executive experience in the public and community (non-government) sectors in public policy making, organisational leadership, coaching and mentoring, strategy development and facilitation, stakeholder and community engagement, public interest advocacy, innovation and change, issue management, and system stewardship.

His career passion has and will continue to be about enabling People, Places and Partnerships to be the best they can be, through smart public policy, investment, intervention, regulation and partnerships.

Michael also brings extensive knowledge of policy, program and service design and delivery in the areas of crime and violence prevention, family support, child safety, disability, multicultural affairs, youth affairs, Indigenous affairs, youth justice, women’s policy, community engagement, community development, place-based initiatives and citizen and consumer advocacy.

Michael has held CEO roles in two government agencies – the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in Queensland – as well as at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in NSW. He has also been a deputy or assistant CEO in the Qld Department of the Premier and Cabinet, DCCSDS and the Qld Department of Communities.

Michael was a long-standing member of the national Child and Families Secretaries Group, and has participated in numerous national fora. He has been the Qld Government Champion for the Indigenous communities of Hope Vale, Doomadgee and the Torres Straits.

Michael has also served on statutory bodies – the NSW Community Services Review Council and the NSW Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, and non-government boards – including the NSW Council of Social Services and the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia.

Michael was co-chair of the Organising Committee for the 2005 United Nations / Queensland Government’s International Conference on Community Engagement. More recently, he has been closely engaged with strategy and initiatives for the Advancing Queensland Priorities of A Great Start for All Our Children, Keeping Communities Safe and Keeping Queenslanders Healthy.

Michael is currently participating on the reference group for ARACY’s Great to Eight research agenda, supporting the campaign for a National Child Wellbeing Strategy, and providing pro bono assistance to a number of NGO leaders.


  • BA (Hons) / LLB; ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program


Patrea provides consultancy services to a number of government agencies and individuals in Queensland and Australia drawing on her extensive experience in state schooling and as a senior executive.

Patrea is a member of a number of national committees and advisory board providing strategic advice on current and emerging educational matters Her focus is to provide the necessary ‘cut through’ needed to ensure evidence based strategies are implemented across systems and within school and corporate environments securing improvement.

She can offer strategic advice on school improvement; guide and support leadership development; and as an accomplished public speaker can deliver presentations to large audiences and can deliver effective stakeholder consultation.

With previous responsibility for more than half a million students, a budget of $5.4b and 1230 schools, Patrea believes that great student outcomes are built on a foundation of empowered leaders supporting teachers to implement evidence-based teaching strategies.

Patrea retired from the Deputy Director-General, State Schooling [position in 2018 after having overseen significant improvements in Year 12 certification attainment by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, improvements in NAPLAN performance and the introduction of a major review into disability policy.

As an executive coach and mentor Patrea is able to draw upon her experience as a teacher, principal, CEO, Deputy Director-General, and her current contributions to the broader learning community through a number of national boards. With this experience and currency Patrea is able to assist leaders to forwardly think about organisational and personal perspectives, further grow and develop their strategic thinking and planning skills, consider new ways to lift and sustain improvement, and to further excel in their professional life. Throughout her career Patrea has been particularly successful in improving school performance by building strong and effective teams and relationships. The core tenets of Patrea’s coaching are purpose, passion and most important of all – people.

Her current commitments include:

  • Panel Member of the Review of Senior Secondary Pathways Panel Member (2019-present)

Education Council has commissioned a review of senior secondary pathways to examine how students can be supported to choose the best pathway into work, further education or training. The Review is one of eight national policy initiatives under the National School Reform Agreement. The Review is informed by a recommendation from the 2018 report, Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools.

  • Member of the Online Formative Management Board (2020-present)

Nominated by Australian Education Senior Officials Committee, this initiative represents two of the national policy initiatives agreed under the National School Reform Agreement.

  • Member of Learning Creates Advisory Board Member (2020 – present)

The Learning Creates Advisory Board is a sub-committee of the Foundation for Young Australians Board established to provide independent, strategic advice on the direction and management of the work of Learning Creates Australia and promote its objectives.

Previous Board Experience

  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Board (2014-2018)
  • The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent statutory authority which takes a national approach to education through developing and implementing a robust and comprehensive national curriculum;  implementing the National Assessment Programwhich are the national tests students sit in school – including NAPLAN and  collecting and publishing information on My School about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country.  The appointment to the ACARA board was a statutory appointment.
  • Foundation Member of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Board (2014-2017)

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is a statutory body of the Queensland Government. It provides Kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses, guidelines, assessment, reporting, testing and certification services for Queensland schools.

  • Member of the Queensland Education Leadership Institute Board (2013-2015) – Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing the leadership capabilities of educators. Jointly owned by the Queensland Department of Education, Independent Schools Queensland and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, QELi delivers leadership development solutions and support to educators within Queensland, across Australia and internationally.
  • When in the DDG, State Schooling role was the Queensland representative on the National Schools Policy Working Group which is a Standing Working Group established to provide advice through AEEYSOC (Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee (AEEYSOC) to Ministers
  • Member of the national Asia Education Foundation Advisory Group when in DDG, State Schooling role. The AEF is a joint activity of AsiaLink at The University of Melbourne and Education Services Australia. AEF partners include state and territory education jurisdictions, educational professional associations and corporate and philanthropic supporters. The AEF Advisory Group provides insight and advice to support AEF’s strategies and programs.


  • Bachelor of Education (1985) – University of Southern Queensland (previously Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education)
  • Diploma of Teaching, Commerce, Secondary (1978) – Queensland University of Technology (previously Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education)
  • Foundations of Directorship Certificate (2017) – Australian Institute of Company Directors


  • 2016 Certificate of Excellence in Educational Leadership (Qld) – Australian Council for Educational Leaders
  • 2016 CEO Diversity Champion – Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) Recognises CEOs who empower employees and role model excellence in workforce diversity
  • 2017 Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
  • 2018 Education Outstanding Alumni Award – Queensland University of Technology (In recognition of the exceptional professional achievements and the contributions to the community)
  • 2018 ACEL State Fellowship Award – ACEL National Fellowship Award
  • 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Education Award – Australian Council of Deans of Education (In recognition of collaboration with Queensland Higher Education Institutions for the betterment of the teaching profession.)

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